The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is joining law enforcement agencies throughout the state by taking part in the Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign effective now through September.

Despite advances in vehicle technologies, wearing a seat belt remains the most important and effective step motorists can take to prevent being injured or killed in a traffic crash.

Currently, Wisconsin’s seat belt use rate stands at 90.2% — the highest ever. Still, 44% of the car and light truck occupants killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes last year were not buckled up.

In 2019 in Wisconsin, there were 41,654 traffic convictions for failure to wear a seat belt.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will increase patrols during the campaign.

Motorists are reminded to buckle up, drive sober, and avoid distractions while driving.

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